Our Lady of the Rosary | Wednesday 7 October

Today is Wednesday the 7 October, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, in the twenty-seventh week of Ordinary Time.  

The University of Johannesburg Choir sing Pater Noster, the Lord’s Prayer.  

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.  

Luke 11:1-4  

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."  He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial."

The disciple in the reading seems to think prayer is something he ought to do, and that Jesus ought to teach him, if only because it’s what the others – the disciples of John the Baptist – are doing; a kind of spiritual keeping up with the Joneses.  Do you feel a bit the same way, that prayer is a kind of obligation, but a bit puzzling, a bit difficult?  

How do you pray, usually?  What do you expect from it?  If you don’t pray much, what are the things that put you off praying?  

Jesus teaches us to call God Father.  We are not coming to someone we have to drag gifts from, but to a Father who delights in supplying our needs.  Prayer is entering into a relationship with this loving God.  So, as you listen to the reading again – with the lines a little bit more spaced-out this time – spend a few moments dwelling on each phrase - dawdling, as it were, savouring the words.  

Is there a particular word or phrase that stands out for you, that means something for you today? What do you need today?  What is the daily bread you pray for today?  Do you need to ask someone for forgiveness or forgive them for hurt caused?  Are you facing a testing time today?  Is there a challenge you must face that you can’t avoid?   As Jesus taught us, bring your needs before your loving Father.  

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.